Terrifying ordeal of girls stuck in mud up to their chests
TWO Towers School pupils had a terrifying hour-and-a half ordeal stuck in mud up to their chests on Sunday evening. The 12-year-olds remembered a lesson they learned at school, dialled 999 on a mobile phone, and were rescued by firefighters. Georgia Fofana and Lauren West, who were wearing wellington boots, took Georgia’s two dogs for a walk through fields opposite Eastwell Towers, Faversham Road, Kennington. Georgia said: “We were crossing the river and Lauren went in first and jumped in and went straight up to her knees. “We thought it was funny for a couple of minutes and then she asked me to come and help her out. “So I put the phone on the side, not knowing that I needed to bring it, and I went in to get her, but I went straight down with mud up to my knees. “We thought it was funny again but we kept sinking lower – right up to our chests – and then thought this isn’t funny any more. “It was getting cold, dark, itchy and smelly.” Lauren said she felt “absolutely terrified”. The dogs were barking and running around. Georgia said: “They were really wanting to help us but they couldn’t do anything.” The phone, which Georgia had put on the river bank, looked as though it was out of reach. Georgia said: “We managed to get the phone with a stick but it was hard to reach a stick. We dialled 999.” Firefighter Alistair Gilfillan, from Ashford’s green watch, said the girls did exactly the right thing in calling them. He said: “We made our way down, we knew they were somewhere at the bottom of the field. “Luckily I used to come to school here so I knew roughly where it was and we could hear the dogs and heard the girls calling out. “I helped pull them out along with firefighter Andy Green. “Luckily they had their mobile phones on them – otherwise it could have been a lot worse.” The girls, who were cold but uninjured, were taken to the Willam Harvey Hospital as a precaution. They later thanked firefighters.
Lauren West and Georgia Fofana who were rescued from a mud filled ditch thank firemen Alister Gilfillan, Clive Douglas and Andy Green for their rescue